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Making Buffalo a great garden destination

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of 416 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2015 it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There are Japanese gardens, English gardens, Russian gardens (i.e., barely controlled wildernesses) and what I would call Buffalo gardens - eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking surrounding rooftops figure prominently." - Atlantic.com

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Garden Walk Buffalo remains the same great two-day tour. Garden Walk Bufalo Niagara is so much more...

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What's your garden pleasure? Touring gardens by motorcoach? Touring gardens on weekdays? Biking to gardens? Buying garden art? Seeing garden art exhibits? Unique specialty tours? Learning more about gardening? Visiting gardens nationally and internationally? The new Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara (GWBN) now does all this and still runs Garden Walk Buffalo (the two-day tour you already know). GWBN also gives grants to block clubs and community groups for beautification projects, and helps PLANT WNY with a public space makeover each year.

Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara is all about creating, providing access to, and promotion of, garden tourism experiences in the Buffalo Niagara region as a catalyst for beautification, education, tourism, community-building, promotion, healthy living, sustainability, and civic pride. Visit the GWBN site at GardenWalkBuffaloNiagara.com, and don't forget to visit their Facebook page and "like" it to get updates on what's going on in gardening, year-round, in the Buffalo Niagara region.

 
2015 Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Awards Announced

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The grants are awarded to block clubs, neighborhood groups and non-profit organizations for beautification projects in the neighborhoods of Garden Walk.

$3,600 in grants were awarded for 11 beautification projects. Lunenfeld Beautification Grants have helped to fund more than 90 garden beautification projects for a total of more than $69,000 since its beginning in 2005.

Award amounts are based on the overall project cost. Eligible projects are required to include matching funds from government, private contributions or volunteer sweat equity.

Garden Walk Buffalo announces beautification funds were provided to the following projects this year:

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Garden Walk Buffalo Announces 2015 Board of Directors Expands Regional Garden Tourism Initiatives

altGarden Walk Buffalo, Inc., the nonprofit organization that hosts America’s largest annual garden tour – Garden Walk Buffalo – announces its newly elected board of directors for 2015.

The newly appointed board is hard at work planning several events, including its signature Garden Walk event, which annually attracts more than 60,000 tourists from around the world to Western New York on the last full weekend in July, with an estimated economic impact of $4.5 million.

Returning Board Members:

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Tips from Garden Walk gardeners
Tips from Garden Walk Gardeners :: Garden Walk Buffalo

Vloggers Billy & Pat cover garden tips from Garden Walk Buffalo featuring some Garden Walk Buffalo gardeners...

 
Garden Walk Buffalo's 20th Anniversary Commemorative Annual

altIn honor of its 20th year, Garden Walk Buffalo has produced a 60-page, glossy, magazine-style, commemorative annual featuring the gardens of Buffalo. The annual is available for $10

To order a magazine online, visit our online store.

The publication features articles by the region's leading garden writers, including Sally Cunningham, Elizabeth Licata, Connie Oswald Stofko, Rochester's Jane Milliman and more.

It features articles on Buffalo-style gardens, how to dress up your garden for visiting crowds, how to get the most out of a garden tour, tips for small gardens, gardening in Buffalo's urban setting, water features, hellstrips (area between sidewalk and street), other area gardening destinations, hardscape restoration, and much more.

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Looking for more to do in Buffalo Niagara?

altYour one-stop for finding out all there is to do in Buffalo is Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN). Foodie? History buff? Sports fan? Arts appreciator? Architecture your thing? Professional shopper? Visit Buffalo Niagara partners with all area attractions, festivals, and hotels to help make your visit the most enjoyable it can be – whether it be you on your own, your family, girls weekends, bus tours, or conventions large and small. Even if you're Canadian. Especially if you're Canadian!

Visit Buffalo Niagara has been a great partner to Garden Walk Buffalo for many years, helping to not only spread the word of the Walk outside of the region, but hosting dozens of national garden and travel writers here during and before Garden Walk.

The New York State Regional Economic Development Council awarded VBN a $50,000 grant, which VBN administers, on behalf of Garden Walk, the National Garden Festival and the horticulture tourism sector to promote garden tourism. Media purchases this year have included ads in the Canada Blooms catalog, Canadian Gardening magazine, Upstate Gardener's Journal, TV commercials on WNED, radio sponsorships on WBFO, social media campaigns, media relations efforts, and much more.

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We didn't write the book on garden tourism, but we're in it!

altThe first-ever book on garden tourism, aptly titled Garden Tourism, is out. The book, written by Dr. Richard Benfield, Associate Professor of Geography at the Central Connecticut State University, is an academic tome covering the history of, and the evolving of, garden tourism from early Egyptian times (around 1,500 BCE), to the time the book was published earlier this year. It's exhaustive.



And Garden Walk Buffalo and Buffalo's National Garden Festival were well represented with a page and a half! In the chapter titled "Outdoor Garden Festivals" there is a brief intro on the origins of Garden Walk Buffalo–its byproduct/outgrowth the National Garden Festival–and stats and research data we've collected over the years from zip code collection and consumer surveys with the help and financial support of Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Richard, who has visited Garden Walk Buffalo, and visited Buffalo on other occasions, is a great advocate for the garden tourism efforts we're putting forth.

Garden Walk Buffalo president emeritus, Jim Charlier, wrote an endorsement/quote/review for the back of the book, which reads:

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Garden Walk Buffalo in Traditional Home magazine

Did you see our mention in this month's issue of Traditional Home magazine? Of Garden Walk Buffalo, they say, "Peek at some of the most imaginative gardens in America..." Garden Walk gardener Jennifer Guercio, is quoted, and a photo of her Victorian home & garden are shown. We have to thank Visit Buffalo Niagara and their PR team for getting us a mention in this nationally-distributed magazine with a circulation of more than 868,000!

 
Garden Walk Buffalo in the New York Times

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The New York Times publishes a list of great home & garden tours that will take place over the summer each spring. This year Garden Walk Buffalo is on the list - in the "North of New York City" portion of the list. We'll take what we can get.

You can visit the New York Times list here. It's a good list. Make sure you visit the slide show. The Buffalo garden below is on the list of great homes and gardens. Photo is by Don Zinteck, of Photographics 2.

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Volunteer for Garden Walk Buffalo!

greeterGarden Walk is looking for volunteers to help out the weekend of the Walk. We're looking to "staff" our three headquarters with enthusiastic supporters of the Walk that can help answer questions for estimated 60,000 visitors (20% come from out-of-town and don't know the area well!), encourage donations, help visitors with their purchases of GW merchandise, and direct visitors to areas of the Walk that they may find of interest.

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